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Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

#4 in Best Things To Do in Pittsburgh

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Price & Hours

  • $17.95 for adults; $11.95 for kids 2-18
  • Sat-Thurs 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fri 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

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  • Parks and Gardens Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3
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    4.0
  • Facilities
    5.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

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The Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a popular backdrop for local weddings and a haven for stressed undergrads, since two universities are just a short walk away. But the conservatory has plenty to offer visitors as well: You can explore the collection of green rooms, each of which is dedicated to a region or specific plant type. Phipps is home to everything from tropical forests and butterfly gardens to bonsai, Joshua tree and orchid plant and flower collections. Just beyond the main entrance, a small shop and a cafe invite travelers to relax. Phipps is great for families, too. The conservatory offers different hands-on activities as well as play areas for children. Most visitors say while the admission may seem a little steep, it's well worth the price tag.

You'll find the Phipps Conservatory adjacent to Carnegie Mellon University's campus on Schenley Park. Admission is $17.95 for adults and $11.95 for children between ages 2 and 18. Phipps is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays. Check out the conservatory's website for more information.

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